Aug. 31, 2009
COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. - Three University of California men's swimmers - junior sprint freestyler Nathan Adrian, senior breaststroker Sean Mahoney and former standout backstroker David Russell - have been named to the USA Swimming 2009-2010 National Team, it was announced recently by USA Swimming.
Swimmers are selected for the USA Swimming National Team based upon times swum in 2009 at the ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships, the U.S. Open, the World University Games and the FINA World Championships. Swimmers with the top six times in each event make the National Team.
Adrian has the second-fastest U.S. times in the 50 (21.46 at World Championships) and 100-meter (48.00 at World Championship Trials) freestyle. He swam the anchor leg (46.79) of the United States' July 26 gold medal-winning 400-meter free relay at the 2009 FINA World Championships in Rome. Adrian also placed sixth in the finals of the 50-meter free (21.49) at the World Championships, and earlier had captured both the 50 and 100-meter freestyle at the ConocoPhillips National Championships, July 9-10, in Indianapolis.
Adrian was a 2008 Olympic gold medalist as a member of the United States' 400-meter freestyle relay team in Beijing and went on to become the 2009 NCAA champion in the 50 (18.71) and 100-yard freestyle (41.08) last March in College Station, Texas. Adrian was the 2009 Pac-10 champion in the 50, 100 and 200 free as well, earning Pac-10 Swimmer of the Year accolades.
Mahoney owns the United States' second-fastest time in the 200-meter breaststroke with a mark of 2:09.70, swam at the World University Games. He placed fifth in the 200-meter breast final July 8 at the World University Games with a mark of 2:11.82. This past March at the NCAA championships, Mahoney had placed second nationally in the 200-yard breast with a time of 1:52.34. He had set an NCAA record in the event with a 1:51.96 in the morning prelims, but was edged out by Neil Versfeld of Georgia (1:51.40) in the finals.
Russell, who swam for the Golden Bears from 2006-09, qualified for the U.S. National Team after producing a time of 53.89 in the 100-meter back at the World Championship Trials. He is Cal's school record-holder in both the 100 (45.50) and 200-yard (1:40.36) backstroke, finishing as the 2009 NCAA runner-up in the 100 back.